Rags $2 Riches Detroit to Present Its 4th Annual Thrifted Fashion Show

This year’s event will feature models wearing secondhand looks as well as collections from local brands
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Model Dominique Harris wears a dress from Motown Thrift in Westland for Rags $2 Riches Detroit’s 2021 virtual showcase. // Photograph courtesy of Shawn Rochelle

Fashion collective Rags $2 Riches Detroit is hosting its fourth annual runway presentation on Feb. 27 at The Jam Handy in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood. Called the Rags $2 Riches Thrifted Fashion Show/Gala, the show will feature models wearing secondhand garments and looks from local designers.

The show and gala is presented by Stephanie Bedell, aka “Thebagladie,” a Detroit-based wardrobe stylist with a focus on plus-size women as well as a marketing manager for local lifestyle brand William Palmer Hommé. Bedell says she was inspired to create the annual event in 2019 while recovering from a severe case of acute sciatica.

“[I was] on bed rest for several weeks; I had nothing but time on my hands,” Bedell says. “I said to myself, ‘I want to do a fashion show.’ I had never even been to a fashion show, but I was determined to make it happen. So, while in bed, I began to jot down ideas, concepts, and what I want my ideal show to look like visually. From there, Rags $2 Riches was born.”

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Model Khalil Newell wears a look from Label Legends Men’s Luxury Consignment in Farmington Hills for Rags $2 Riches Detroit’s 2021 virtual showcase. // Photograph courtesy of Shawn Rochelle

All the looks featured in the thrifted portion of this year’s show will be sourced from event sponsor The Salvation Army and will be styled by Bedell herself. “I live, breathe, and eat fashion; having the ability to turn secondhand garments into actual runway looks is very appealing to some,” Bedell says. “This will be our best show yet!”

Bedell is also introducing a “Detroit Segment” to the event this year. This part of the show will feature specific collections and top-selling items from local brands Detroit Denim, K. Walker Collective, Bad Bunni Life, and William Palmer Hommé.

Guests are required to wear all-black attire. General admission tickets, which are $100, include access to the event, finger foods, and nonalcoholic beverages. There’s also a $150 VIP ticket that comes with special perks. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The show will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the gala is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.